Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Beta Canum Venaticorum

Star type
g G0V

Distance from Earth
g 28.44 ly

Star Service No.
g NA

g 5.3 billion years

Radius/Mass/Temp (xSol)
g 1.18 ± 0.11 R☉; 107.6%; 6,045 K

Brightness (xSol)
g 129%

g [Fe/H] = −0.21; slightly metal-poor but close to Sol

Comparison to Sol
g See chart (similar to Sun)

Picture of star
g NA

Star system features
g WDS lists a companion, but this is probably in error

Known planets
g NA

Habitable zone
g In 2006, astronomer Margaret Turnbull labelled star as the top stellar system top candidate to search for extraterrestrial life forms. Because of its solar-type properties, astrobiologists have listed it among the most astrobiologically interesting stars within 10 parsecs of Sol. High probability of life, as similar to Sol. Porto de Mello lists it as one of 13 nearby astrobiologically interesting stars.

Orbital map
g NA

View from star
g NA

Nearby stars
(Star systems with 10 light years)
g NA

Map locating star system
g NA

Location in Earth sky
g In the constellation Canes Venatici, it is the second-brightest star. Along with the brighter star Cor Caroli, the pair form the "southern dog" in this constellation that represents hunting dogs.

Other names
g Gl 475; HD 109358; HIP 61317; BD: +42° 2321; YPC 2895.00; LHS 2579; Beta CVn; Chara; Asterion; 8 CVn; HR 4785; LTT 13552; GCTP 2895.00; SAO 44230; FK5 470; LFT 924, NSV 5725

Sci-fi mentions
g NA

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Dwight Williams said...

A posited planet orbiting this star showed up as the backdrop of the Beanstalk game module for the role-playing game 2300 AD.

Rob Bignell said...

I appreciate the addition, Dwight.